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Microsoft’s Peter Cullen slams Google on privacy

Google’s approach to privacy is a decade behind Microsoft, the Redmond software giant’s chief privacy strategist told ZDNet.com.au on Thursday in a video interview.

“Google’s a great company, got some great products, but you know in some respects I think Google is where Microsoft was seven or 10 years ago,” Peter Cullen, Microsoft’s chief privacy strategist told ZDNet.com.au.

Cullen said that Google had not invested enough to build privacy into its products, citing Street View, as a prime example.

“Microsoft has over 40 full-time people invested in privacy and over 400 part-time people. Google hasn’t — at least from what I read about them — evolved to that,” he said.

“We think about privacy as part of the core design… We have thought about how to design privacy into the product, as opposed to how to react to the negative impressions,” he said.

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